Hello naughty readers, you saw today's illustration and you thought "Oh my, let's see the artist's interview, it might be full of surprises". Well, we couldn't agree more, because today's artist Jesse is full of resources. He might be bad, but he's perfectly good at it. We mean drawing, of course. And don't be fooled by where he comes from, it didn't prevent him for doing this illustration. So leave all of your stereotypes and panties at the door, and let's get started!
-(Un)Fasten your seatbelts, here we go! So "Jesse", who are you, what's your name and surname, why did your parents call you that way ?
-My name is Jesse Cline. I am a pretty normal guy I guess. I think my parents named me this because they wanted a daughter named Jessica.
-Wow, that'll give work to your shrink. How old are you? (Now I'm curious, did they force you to wear dresses?)
-I will be 29 for a few more weeks! No, just skirts. (Sometimes a wig).
-Ow, polite way to say you'll be old in a few days. Where do you live? New York, like all the 3 artists I interviewed today? (seriously, what's going on with New York? Reno is such an amazing city when it gets to illustrations opportunities.)
-I live in Bainbridge Island, WA, which is a ferry ride away from Seattle. New York is nice to visit, but I could never live there. People are too crazy. Everyone in Seattle is nice and laid back.
-You anticipated my traditional question "what's great and lame about the city you're living in?" as you already answered half of it, please answer the rest: what's great about this place?
-I love Seattle. It's a beautiful, clean city. The town I live in is on an actual island, so it's very rural and goofy (in a good way). I can be downtown in a big city in 30 minutes so I get the best of both worlds.
-No lame parts?
-Seattle's lameness is famous: it rains all the time! It's cloudy, foggy and raining about 9 months out of the year.
-Now let's get to a more interesting part, what's your job?
-I do finance and accounting stuff.
-Are you the kind of guy who started the great recession?
-No, but I did see it coming. I work on the side of the good guys :)
-That's what Madoff said. Enough with hilarity. What's your story?
-Well, I was about 5 or so when I first started drawing anything beyond stick figure. I drew a picture of Donald Duck out of the TV Guide or something. Both my parents are really talented and wanted to be artists, so they were really supportive.
-What are your projects?
-For a long time I was trying to do newspaper comic strips, but it never went very far. I have been doing a comic once or twice a week since January and posting them online. Once I get 100 or so I would like to put them together in a book or something. I kinda have a vision of making children's books for adults; like it will have cute drawings and life lessons but have dark humor and stuff.
-Fairy tale style?
-Not really. More like Little Golden Books. Have you ever seen those? Like this mixed with Perry Bible Fellowship http://www.randomhouse.com/golden/
-Ooow a puppy sleeping. Okay you got me, it's a great website. Why did you choose this story?
-I thought it would be fun to draw. I wanted to capture everything in one scene and make it fun to look at.
-Is it also because of your parents and their will to name you like a girl?
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That, was pretty awesome, thank you Jesse!
Jesse's website: http://calmblueoceans.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send me an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!